Auger-Aliassime:My next challenge is to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic


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Auger-Aliassime:My next challenge is to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic

Felix Auger-Aliassime started 2020 in Adelaide reaching the semifinal after beating James Duckworth in the first round and Alex Bolt in the second. In the semifinal he was beaten by the future winner of the tournament Andrey Rublev in 3 sets.

He took part in the Australian Open from seeding number 20 evenings but was surprisingly eliminated in the first round by Latvian Ernests Gulbis in 4 sets (5-7.6-4.6-7.4-6). In Montpellier he was defeated in the second round by Pierre-Hugues Herbert in two sets.

He reached his fourth career final in Rotterdam, where he was beaten by Gael Monfils. During a recent interview, Canadian number 2 discussed beating the Big 3 is the next big challenge for him: “I think for me that’s obviously the next challenge with winning, winning tournaments, is to beat players like Rafa, Novak, Zverev or Nishikori.

I think I have been playing well also on clay, but I haven’t found quite the way to beat these guys”. "The week has been good, encouraging,” Auger-Aliassime said after his loss against Monfils in Rotterdam.

“It is the start of the season and the second month I’ve played. It is encouraging for what is next but I will have to keep working well, doing the adjustments I need to do and keep believing, keep pushing to give myself chances to play matches like these”. He has now lost all four of his ATP finals following defeats in Rio de Janeiro, Lyon and Stuttgart in 2019.